Murder of Laura Foster, Lyric Variant 02


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Murder of Laura Foster, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf of lined paper handwritten in black ink on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. There are two loose leaf binding holes along the left edge. The document was laminated. There is lamination-related creasing on the document. There is a small hole at the upper right corner. There are stains of numerous unknown origin on the document. The document was folded vertically in half.


Folk songs -- North Carolina Foster, Laura d. 1865 or 6 -- Songs and music Murder -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Tragedy of the Death of Laura Foster


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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Laura Foster

This tragedy I now relate
‘Tis of poor Laura Foster’s fate
How by a fickle lover She
was hurried into eternity.

Ere sun declined toward the west
She met and his wild guest
In forest wild the three retreat,
She looked for parson there to meet.

Confidingly upon his breast,
She leaned her head to take some rest,
But soon poor Laura felt a smart
A deadly dagger pierced her hear

No shrieks were heard by neighbors round
All were in bed and sleeping sound ^
No shrieks were heard so loud and shrill
Save those who did poor Laura kill.

Classification Title

Murder of Laura Foster, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

Laura Foster

Alternate Geographic Location

Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina

Scholarly Classification

Brown, North Carolina Ballads - 302 Laws, F 36

Dimensions - Original

202 mm x 274 mm

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Sarah C. Tonkin